The Ass and the Lapdog
A man had an Ass. The Ass was left in a stable and had plenty of oats and hay to eat, just as any other Ass would.
The man also had a very beautiful Maltese Lapdog. The Lapdog knew many tricks and was a great favorite with his master, who often fondled him and seldom went out to dine without bringing him home some tidbit to eat.
The Ass, however, had much work to do in grinding the corn-mill and in carrying wood from the forest or burdens from the farm. He felt sorry for himself, especially when he compared his life to that of the Lapdog.
One day, he broke his cords and galloped into his master's house, kicking up his heels and frisking and fawning as well as he could. He next tried to jump about his master as he had seen the Lapdog do, but he broke the table and smashed all the dishes upon it to atoms. He then attempted to lick his master, and jumped upon his back.
The servants, hearing the noise came to the room and and drove out the Ass to his stable with kicks and clubs and cuffs. The Ass, as he returned to his stall beaten nearly to death, said: "I have brought it all on myself! Why could I not have been contented to labor with my companions, and not wish to be idle all the day like that useless little Lapdog!"
Don't try to be something you are not.
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